A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Belmont Mansion(Book 2)
Goodreads Summary: Plain, practical Eleanor Braddock knows she will never marry, but with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America–and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path–building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.
Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes/ AS work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expects. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.
This is book two in the series. I have not read the first book but the books are not overly tied together and can easily be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed this book a great deal.
What I liked: Eleanor has a lot on her plate. Her father has memory issues and she has made the hard choice to put him in an asylum. Not only is she dealing with the grief of her decision she is also dealing with the fact she has very little money to take care of her father as well. I just loved her character and how in-depth this book was. Marcus was also very likable. He has his own issues to work through and he keeps most of them from Eleanor which makes for an interesting story. Aunt Adelicia was more of a side character but she added great dynamic to the plot.
What I did not like: There is little to complain about in this book. There where a few times the book seemed to drag on but nothing major.
Overall this was a great book. It’s a true novel as it was very long and filled with lots of detail. As I stated above there was a few times I thought it was dragging on but overall the story was enjoyable. The plot was great. I loved how Marcus was actually a prince and how Eleanor at first wanted to open a restaurant so she could afford to have her dad taken care of. When that dream fell through she followed God’s lead and found a way to take care of lots of people.
I hope to go back and read the first book in the series at some point. I am looking forward to seeing what the next book will be about. I highly recommend it!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through Netgalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.